The Trickster Prince

Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.

1920s pic(s) of the day: the Palace of Industry and Britain’s modernity, 1920s style

After I posted footage of the Palace of Industry at the British Empire Exhibition being demolished earlier this year yesterday someone asked to see what the Palace of Industry looked like when it was opened to the public in 1924. Here it is; modernity, 1920s style…

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2 comments on “1920s pic(s) of the day: the Palace of Industry and Britain’s modernity, 1920s style

  1. benjaminthomaswhite
    July 23, 2013

    Within the electric proscenium
    There should be dawn every day, imitated;
    Whatever the season, beautiful, artificial,
    Such as the Worker loves, bright like a picture postcard.
    The exhibition was planned to endure through final humanity.

    … In a cage on wheels, lined with satin and moss,
    To be moved at his mood, and filled with mechanical birds,
    Their lives, walking up and down, in tweed, with a stick of rarest ash-plant,
    Murmuring, making a note, or sipping beer from a tankard,
    (Gloated upon by the crowd),
    Rarer than lion, or granite, the last, last, Nature Poet.

    (From Harold Monro’s poem Dream Exhibition of a Final World.)

  2. The Trickster Prince
    July 23, 2013

    Nice!

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